Army arrests five accused of Ashura bomb plot
Published Saturday, November 24, 2012
The Lebanese army has raided the home of five Syrian nationals in Nabatiyeh where 450 grams of explosive material, and three explosive charges were discovered, according to an army statement Saturday.
The suspects were accused of planning to use the explosives at Ashura commemorations this weekend, according to security sources cited by The Daily Star.
Lebanese Shia across the country hold mass rallies to mourn the death of Imam Hussein, the Prophet Mohammad’s grandson during Ashura every year.
Al-Qaeda had threatened earlier this year to target Shia in Lebanon over Hezbollah’s support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.